Bradford kindergartners get staggered start to school


Published: Friday, August 8, 2014 at 4:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 8, 2014 at 4:41 p.m.

The first day of school might look a little different for Bradford County kindergartners this year.

The school district is implementing a “staggered start” for county kindergartners, a system that has been in place at some schools for several years but was never standardized, spokesman Brian Graham said.

Classes begin on Aug. 18 for all students in grades 1 through 12, but only for kindergartners whose last names begin with the letters A through G.

The first day for H through P names is Aug. 19, and students with last names starting with Q through Z will start school on Aug. 20.

The first day of school for kindergartners who register after Aug. 15 will be Aug. 21.

All kindergartners attend school on Aug. 22.

Graham said the district is using the staggered dates to allow young students more time and space to get used to their classrooms. Smaller class sizes also allow teachers to get to know each student and learn their educational needs before jumping into lessons.

“This is the first time they’ve entered what you would call a big-kid school,” Graham said. “It is much easier to have those kids adjust if you have very small class sizes.”

Some Bradford County elementary schools have used this system for many years to help kindergartners feel more comfortable, but the schools used different systems.

Standardizing the dates districtwide will help prevent confusion, Graham said.

There are no other changes to the Bradford County public school schedule since last year.

Classes for the district’s six elementary schools begin at 7:40 a.m. and end at 2:10 p.m.

Bradford Middle School’s day begins at 9:05 a.m. and ends at 3:11 p.m.

Bradford High starts at 9:10 a.m. and goes until 3:16 p.m.

For a list of open house, orientation and other important dates, visit www.bradfordschools.org and select “BCSD 2014-2015 Calendar” under “Student/Parent Info.”

Contact Erin Jester at 338-3166 or erin.jester@gainesville.com.

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